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We believe great storytelling grapples with ideas. 

We believe great storytelling is fun, engaging and moving.

Great storytelling doesn’t just entertain, it energises.  

We publish page turners about politics. We grapple and engage, move and disturb, inform and entertain. 

We  promote dialogue and debate issues on our free YouTube channel.


We are a small, independent and traditional press located in Clapham. We're London-based and the majority of our books are about Britain. But our memoirs and travelogues take you around the world. So do many of our thrillers. 

New York-based Essential AudioBooks has turned seven of our books into audiobooks. Drachenhaus Verlag has published the German translation of Brushstrokes in Time by Sylvia Vetta. Mercuria Press in the USA has republished Sarah Gray's books. Black Tea by Stephen Morris has been shortlisted for a Royal Society of Literature Award. Daisy Chain by Justine Gilbert has won the PageTurner Award. 

We are proud friends with Clapham Publishing Services, which helps authors with their editing and self-publishing needs. For more on Clapham Publishing, check out this delightful little vid.   

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Because we take chances on new voices and promote dialogue through free events, PLEASE SUPPORT US

While Claret Press books are available from bookshops and online retailers, buying our books from the following links means we and our authors receive a greater proportion of the sale at no extra cost to you. Our books may cost a little more than mass market reads, but those extra pennies help support all the work we do, such as publishing new authors and promoting dialogue around issues that affect us all.

To read more about how this works and why see the following blog post. You can also donate to us through our ko-fi page which we set up so that you can directly support our work, including our free Zoom events.

Submitting to Claret Press

Submitting to Claret Press

If you're interested in submitting to Claret Press, send us a cover letter and a 25 page writing sample. Please read our submission guidelines beforehand. Our email address is


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We don't publish the following: poetry, self-help or spiritual, erotica, children's literature, picture books, art books, cookbooks, academic, educational, textbooks or screeds. We also don't republish self-published books.

Independent Publishers Guild
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Drachenhaus Verlag
Essential Audiobooks
Finalist for International Book Awards
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